What We Love
- An elegant stay at a Georgian house hotel in a prime location, near the National ParksTaking in the lovely views over the rolling countryside towards the North Yorkshire Moors
- Enjoying a sumptuous cream tea included in your stay
- The warm welcome and super-friendly team of staff
What To Know
- This country estate is set on nine acres of manicured gardens
- The Georgian mansion dates back almost 200 years
- Free WiFi
Sandwiched between the rolling Yorkshire Dales and the rural idyll of the Vale of York sits classic Georgian mansion Solberge Hall. Dating back almost 200 years, and built by wealthy local landowner John Hutton, it boasts an imposing pillared entrance, solid red brick walls and an interior to match.
After checking out your classic-meets contemporary room, why not enjoy a crisp winter stroll in its nine acres of award-winning grounds or in the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. Return invigorated to a sumptuous afternoon or cream tea with the full works, then settle down by a roaring fire in the cosy lounge as you prepare yourself for a locally-sourced and seasonal dinner.
Fill your time here with a round of golf at a nearby club, visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Water Garden, or drive around legendary vet James Herriott country. For its effortless hospitality, delicious food and warm welcome Solberge Hall garnered a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
How to Get There
Check-in is always very prompt, just a couple of signatures and car reg number and you're in. Very easy and even had help with bags from Debbie. Knew the way to my room, as this was my 3rd stay, through the wonderful wood panelled hall and up the very grand staircase, to my room overlooking the drive at the front.
A spotlessly clean room, with chair in front of the desk rather than a stool as requested, a bowl of fruit and large bottles of both still and sparkling mineral water. Coffe/tea making bits and pieces, and just ask for fresh milk if you want it.
Large bathroom with brilliant shower over bath and all the requisite toiletries and towels. Bathrobes and slippers were also provided. You get the drift, everything you would want for a comfortable stay.
Not a huge selection for dinner, but it was all delicious on the 3 nights I stayed. If it is still on the menu, for chocoholics, the chocolate truffle and rasberry sorbet.........absolute must!
The Solberge, and the ambience it has, is made by it's staff. So the building is outstanding, in beautiful grounds and the rooms in the main house are a grand size, but it is the people who go out of their way to make your stay extra special.
Without question a grand place to stay, great value and so convenient for either the North York Moors or the Dales, and with York not much more than 30 minutes away wonderfully central.
We visited the Solberge Arms as a surprise birthday present from(and with)our son and his girlfriend- and Nessa, our large, friendly but clumsy dog.
I knew the hotel from an old work commuting route, and contacts had stayed there.
Our son's girlfriend had reported some difficulties talking to the hotel's reception manager on the phone,but this person didn't appear and we were greeted warmly and quickly ensconced in our two rooms, one of which was actually two bedrooms. Both clean, comfortable and spacious parts of a smallish old building, which was showing slight signs of wear.
We had opted for the smaller room to better contain Nessa should we have to confine her, but this meant a shower over a bath, which made life a bit more difficult for me as a recent recipient of a new shoulder and consequent limited mobility. There were no grab handles fitted in the bath , which meant entry and exit had to be assisted.
We had all opted for a cream tea as part of the package and we convened in the sitting room for it. Over the next few hours we were to meet the various members of the staff team, warm and friendly but ever so slightly eccentric. A young lad blanched slightly when asked for a Latte since it involved using the coffee machine, but he set to his task with a will and after quite a long time proudly produced same.
The scones were excellent, and the absence of butter barely noticeable.
Nessa was duly fussed over after permission had been sought,and had been given several treats.Generally, the hotel seem to have got the dog/non dog balance right.
When we reconvened for dinner and ordered drinks, these were quickly and efficiently delivered, but a tentative request for some crisps or nuts was equally efficiently dispatched with the words " We don't do those".
Helen and I had a walk around the not terribly extensive grounds after tea, and much enjoyed the great views towards the North Yorks Moors.
We could have dined in the sitting room with Nessa, but opted to leave her in our room and join a generally elderly full house in the dining room. Here we met Malcolm, the exuberant, super friendly General Manager, who rocked us through dinner with elan. When No 1 son's girlfriend said "wow", about the sticky toffee pudding, Malcolm responded; "That's what everyone says when I walk into a room".
Dinner was really good; the steaks in particular managed to achieve the holy grail of great charring outside and a genuinely rare inside. Service was quick, hilarious and characterful; staff genuinely seemed to care that all was well.
When the meal was cleared away, there were some rather tense moments as plates and cutlery were precariously balanced, but all reached the kitchen intact.
Malcolm interrupted after dinner drinks to announce to all that he was going to bed, since he was on duty for breakfast and needed his beauty sleep. I wish we had given him a round of applause; he deserved it.
We slept very well and reconvened for breakfast- good choices available over and above the Full English, and more heart in the mouth plate balancing.
Malcolm was presiding over checkout, and so things were very jolly if a little slow . Our stay had been booked and paid for through the "Dog's pajamas" website so just the extras to be paid for, but the first bill presented was for the full amount. Malcolm sorted this out and seemed to understand the issue of the absent grab handles.
All in all, a great stay, and we would go back- as much for the idiosyncratic service as the comfort and excellent food. Recommended, but go with an open mind.
A very warm welcome on arrival and we were soon relaxing in our room which was quite large with a comfortable bed. Facilities in the room included a TV, settee, two chairs, wardrobe etc and a table. Ample coffee and tea etc.
The evening meal was fine in a pleasant dining room.
A very good breakfast with generally a good choice. Overall the food was of a high standard. The staff were most helpful throughout our stay with one receptionist giving us very sound advice on places to visit (especially a great deli in Northallerton - Lewis & Cooper).
We will stay here again? Yes.
Lovely room but veiw of roof not good,staff brilliant and very friendly,food good would go again,very relaxing,could not fault anything that would stop me going again but would like a room with a view
A somewaht remote location, but well signposted and prominent lighting on the drive. A few welcoming emails prior to arrival, but the offer of an upgrade at a fairly high price usually means a poor room setting which indeed transpired, a view of a fire escape! The room quality was not up to the room price and unusually the (pricey) breakfast was not part of the quoted price. Beware the basic quality toilet seats that slide forward with very painful consequences.
A less than genuinely warm welcome perhaps and nobody at reception later so we had a drink at the bar area whilst waiting for our room key. We had a long wait for a drink and no bar snacks available. Staff seemed overworked or lacking perhaps in training and experience. Oddly tables are set for meals in the bar area, a practice more usually found in pubs than hotels.
A couple were vocally complaining at the reception one morning with no attempt to take them somewhere private. As we checked out a member of staff cut into our conversation as if I was not there - lack of training? The breakfast was the typical arrangement, but the hot food course was lacking in flavour.
A 'modern' addition is a very impressive function suite that opens on to a lawn area with a summerhouse and gardens set where a conservatory range once stood. Not many weddings held here recently judging from the very dead flowers attached to the summerhouse and it was sad to see how weed strewn some of the flowerbeds are - days before a wedding exhibition. The obviously competent gardener needs to be allowed a better budget and more time to remove the ash tree saplings, etc, etc. Windows frames are rotting on the old building.
Perhaps the hall is geared up for business customers rather than tourists. An area themed as 'Silks' lies through the portal of the stable block tower with no obvious function. The broken mirror in the breakfast room may be an object lesson.